The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), a tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity to inspire people and the community’s pride as the baton passes between people, whilst at the same time bearing significance in engaging people from different walks of life, and increasing the sense of connection and understanding of one another. Embracing the modern and multicultural Commonwealth nation, the baton not only contains Her Majesty’s message, it also represents the spirit of the Commonwealth Game. Shining a light on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Games to come, the QBR is the foremost way to take the Commonwealth Games experience to the public, not just in Australia where the Games are this time around, but to the Commonwealth nation as a whole. Commonwealth Games will show a different side of Gold Coast and I am already feeling super honoured to be a part of the relay that took place at none other than our very own Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 288 days and 230,000km. Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017, the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across continents. Arriving in Malaysia alongside the blue surfing koala, Borobi- the official mascot for XXI Commonwealth Games in 2018, and is set to be visiting the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Australia on Christmas Eve, we were thrilled and absolutely inspired at this Malaysia leg. The baton arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 16th October, before departing again for Brunei on the 21st October.
It will be 60 years since a Baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales and this beautiful piece of art made from Macadamia wood, stainless steel and reclaimed plastic is a symbol to past, present and future. Design Works Principal Alexander Wall said they were inspired by the “boundless energy” of the Gold Coast and believes the “bold and beautiful” Baton reflects the “people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast”. The city is rich in contrasts and full of optimism and it was an absolute joy to be a part of the short yet significant run. As the occasion ended with a quick press con, it is confirmed that Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will generate a good economical impact and would offer the side of Gold Coast we have yet to experience. I will be looking forward to the vibrant food scene on top of the unique Australian culture tradition. We have seen how Australia contributed in the distinct advancement when it comes to dining and how it has been embraced in the culinary world.
Right after the run, I spent some time sipping coffee over brunch and at the same time planning my trip to Gold Coast Australia. It is never too early to plan ahead eh?
Lastly don’t forget to catch up with the happenings with these hashtags: #QBR2018 #GC2018 #SHARETHEDREAM #BOROBI
Queensland Channels and hashtags:
Borobi’s Channels and hashtags:
Tourism Australia’s Channels and hashtags
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